Saturday, March 26, 2011

WVU gas "education"

A message from WV Sierra Club:

The WVU Extension Service is staging a series of so-called "Natural Gas Team Educational Programs". If they are anything like the one they had in Buckhannon awhile back, there will be a clear industry bias and a dismissive response to folks' environmental concerns.

These dog and pony shows are meant to soothe citizens' fears of the coming unregulated industrialization of West Virginia. We believe they are industry funded (if not, are they taxpayer funded?) although in their announcement they make no mention of industry backing. Here's a portion of their announcement:

Schedule Date Time Location
March 30 6:30 p.m. Keyser High School Mineral County
April 4 6:30 p.m. Oak Hill High School Fayette County
April 26 6:30 p.m. Days Inn at Flatwoods Braxton County
May 3 6:30 p.m. Parkersburg City Building Wood County
May 10 6:30 p.m. Agricultural Sciences South, Room 1021, WVU Evansdale Campus, Monongalia County

In association with:
West Virginia University Geology Department
West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University
WV Department of Environmental Protection
More info: Georgette F. Plaugher
West Virginia University Extension Service
Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources Development
Cell Phone: 304-376-4515

You may want to contact Ms. Plaugher and inquire about the program, its source of funding, and why there are no environmental degradation aspects being presented.We urge you to attend to show your concern about Marcellus shale drilling.

We can supply you with talking points and handouts. Please let us know ifyou plan to attend.

Chuck Wyrostok
Sierra Club Outreach Organizer
Toll free 877 252 0257

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